How sweet it is. Progressive activists have submitted nearly twice as many signatures as required to force Wisconsin's anti-gay Republican Gov. Scott Walker into a recall election. More than a million signatures, reports WTMJ Radio.
The 1 million signatures that United Wisconsin, the coalition that spearheaded the effort along with the Democratic Party, said were collected far exceeded the more than 540,000 needed. The effort stemmed from anger over Walker's aggressive moves during his first year in office that included effectively ended collective bargaining rights for nearly all public workers.
Petitioners on Tuesday also were submitting about 300,000 more signatures than were needed to trigger a recall election against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Between 23 percent and 56 percent above the number of signatures needed were also collected to force recall elections of four Republican state senators, including Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The massive number of signatures against Walker—85 percent above the level needed—could make it nearly impossible for opponents to successfully challenge enough of them to stop an election.
And this via Reuters:
So far, a Democrat has not yet emerged to run against Walker, though Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran for governor against Walker in 2010 and Secretary of State Doug La Follette have been mentioned as possible candidates. As many as 17 Wisconsin state senators —11 Republicans and six Democrats—could face special recall elections this year. ... The elections could tip the balance of power in the state Senate, where Republicans currently hold a 17-16 majority.
In May 2011, the Tea Party-backed, anti-gay union-busting governor filed a motion seeking to allow the state to withdraw from defending its domestic partnership law because he believed it was unconstitutional. A state court later ruled that the DP law was constitutional, only offered "limited benefits" and did not "remotely resemble marriage."